Roland Garros: Serena Williams dumped out in 3rd round

first_imgThree-time champion Serena Williams was stunned in the French Open third round by unseeded American Sofia Kenin.Williams, 37, was seeded 10th but lost 6-2 7-5 to her 20-year-old compatriot, who was at times booed by the crowd.The defeat means Williams’ quest to equal Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles continues.“I’m so happy with this win – obviously you can tell with these emotions,” a crying Kenin told the crowd on Philippe Chatrier.“Playing against Serena, you have to fight for every point.”Williams’ defeat followed the shock exit by world number one Naomi Osaka a few hours earlier and leaves only three top-10 players in the women’s draw.Earlier in the day, defending champion Simona Halep enjoyed a straightforward 55-minute victory, beating Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko 6-2 6-1 to reach the last 16.World number 35 Kenin will play Australian eighth seed Ashleigh Barty in the fourth round, while Halep faces unseeded 18-year-old French Open debutant Iga Swiatek.last_img read more

Wellington High School holding Spirit week; Don’t forget homecoming parade is Thursday, 6:30 p.m.

first_imgThe Seuss Girls.Sumner Newscow report — It is that week. Wellington High School is holding Spirit Week as part of the homecoming festivities.These girls, from left: Abby Goodrum, Ryleigh Buck, McKenna Oathout, Hannah Roths, Allison McCue, and Madi Adams dressed up as the Seuss Girls  – a knockoff of  the Spice girls.Don’t forget the homecoming parade is set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday a pep rally and then bonfire will be held thereafter at around 7:30 p.m. in front of the Wellington High School:The full high school schedule is below. For the full 2014 Fall Festival including the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce activities click on the ad on the right… Wednesday- Mr. Brown Can Moo Can You? Favorite Dr. Seuss character or AnimalThursday- The Sneeches- Go all out and wear your starsFriday- One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish- Wear red to show your Crusader PrideFriday evening: Wellington vs. Andale. Homecoming dance follows.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Russian team struggles to shape up ahead of finals

first_imgSince the arrival of the moustachioed strategist in August last year, the team continues to disappoint with rare victories dotted between defeats.“Landing in an easy group at the World Cup is an illusion,” Cherchesov said in an interview published by Russia’s Football Union.Out of 17 matches under his watch, Russia have won six and lost just as many, with some embarrassing defeats such as a 2-1 loss against Qatar in November 2016.The former international goalkeeper has tried to diversify the team’s tactics. But forcing older players to retire – a decision not welcomed by all fans – and blooding less experienced youngsters has failed to do the job.Even drafting in more foreign players has not improved the situation. Lokomotiv Moscow’s Brazilian keeper Guilherme Marinato debuted for his adopted homeland in 2016 after receiving Russian citizenship.He was followed by two German players of Russian origin, Roman Neustadter and Konstantin Rausch, as well as CSKA’s Brazilian midfielder Mario Fernandes, with the additions planned with 2018 in mind.– Young hopefuls –Russia’s coach Stanislav Cherchesov (L) leads the team ahead of a friendly match against Argentina, at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, on November 11, 2017 © AFP/File / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVYet for outside observers, Russia remain an improving team. During Euro 2016 in France, six of Russia’s best players were over 30 and the team lacked any decent tactics or style.By integrating younger players with potential that his predecessor ignored, Cherchesov revitalised a group that can finally play as a team.During matches against Belgium and Spain this year, both of which ended in 3-3 draws, the Russians were able to recover from trailing by two goals.“I saw no fear in the eyes of the Russian players,” former CSKA Moscow coach Valery Gazzaev said of the games, adding that Russia “learned more from two matches against Argentina (a 1-0 loss) and Spain than from all previous friendly matches”.Cherchesov sees another reason for satisfaction.“When we talk about the players, we are still talking about football,” he explained, a few weeks after Zenit player Alexander Kokorin rejoined the national team.Kokorin, 26, was suspended in July 2016 after a video emerged from a Monte Carlo nightclub where he and team-mate Pavel Mamaev allegedly spent $296,000 on champagne following Russia’s humiliating Euro 2016 performance.Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov called it “a shameless display of conceit”. But 18 months later, Kokorin is enjoying his best season to date.– Aiming for the quarter-finals –The Russian team will kick off at the World Cup with some certainties. Cherchesov has already boasted about his defence, which will include Viktor Vasin (CSKA Moscow), Fedor Kudryashov (Rubin Kazan) and Georgiy Dzhikiya (Spartak Moscow).Veteran goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev, capped 113 times by Russia, will play alongside his CSKA Moscow team-mate Alan Dzagoev and Spartak Moscow midfielder Denis Glushakov.The arrival of the Miranchuk brothers, who both play for Lokomotiv Moscow, breathed new life into the team.Russia are waiting to see their best strikers Fedor Smolov (Krasnodar) and Kokorin finally be reunited on the pitch. Until now, Cherchesov has favoured the Krasnodar attacker.To test themselves, Russia will play another friendly against Brazil in March. They will also need to reconcile with their loyal, but disappointed supporters. In July 2016, 500,000 Russians signed an online petition to dissolve the national team.Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko has set a goal of reaching the quarter-finals at next year’s tournament.That would already be an achievement, with Russia yet to advance beyond the first round in three World Cup appearances — in 1994, 2002 and 2014 — since the fall of the USSR.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Russia’s national football team head coach Stanislav Cherchesov leading a training session at Moscow’s Eduard Streltsov Stadium © AFP/File / Yuri KADOBNOVMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Nov 30 – Appointed as Russia’s new coach right after their Euro 2016 disaster, Stanislav Cherchesov knew he was facing an uphill task. Now he has seven months to turn next year’s World Cup hosts into viable opponents.Russia will take the top slot in the first pot of teams at the finals draw on Friday as hosts, but at 65th in the world they are the lowest ranked of the 32 nations taking part in next year’s tournament.last_img read more